Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Sock Hop Success!


This darling girl wore the poodle skirt I made to her school’s annual sock hop. She looks so cute and her mom says the event was a huge success!  Whew!  I’m always nervous when doing things like this.
We left it longer and I put an adjustable placket in one side seam so (hopefully) she can wear it for another year or two.


Rock and Roll!

I made this felt poodle skirt for the.daughter of some friends. She is going to a sock hop after school tomorrow. It was pretty easy to make and has a separate petticoat, too.


Boldly sewing,

Whooo’s cute?

This guy!



This is a darling little owl keychain with a pocket on the back for a credit card, gift card, your ID, or some cash.

The project was made “in the hoop” on my Baby Lock embroidery machine.  The design is from Embroidery Garden on Etsy.

My friend Judy received this little happy as a gift. She loves it! 

Boldly sewing,

Congrats! It’s a Muslin!

The muslin is basted together. I’m not unpleased. The back of the bodice needs work. But that’s the point of a muslin, right?  The bodice and midriff fronts are pretty good. The bust fits me better than is does Beulah Lou.  I like the full skirt. Overall, I’m encouraged with my progress since this is the first time I’ve attempted something of this complexity.


Now, I need to look at a couple of those smaller projects. I have a need to feel like I’ve finished something.

Continuing to sew boldly,

Weekend Project

I still need to finish my muslin.  I will do more of the hand basting tonight.  My back has been bothering me since the first week of February and it is putting a huge crimp in my style!  I won’t let it get me completely down, though.  I can hand baste the muslin sitting in bed on the heating pad.

I placed an order for new fabric from Fabric Mart today.  If you haven’t checked them out, they have some great deals!  And everything I’ve purchased from them has been exactly as I expected and of excellent quality.

I also could not resist ordering a few clearance patterns from Vogue, Butterick, and McCall’s.  I love a bargain!

While I am working on my Couture Dress, I will squeeze in a smaller project or two.

  1. I need to figure out what went terribly awry with the shopping cart liner I started for my new nephew who is now almost 10 months old.  I need to fix it and finish it.
  2. I need to mend the Amy Butler purse I made for my sister (pics in my Flickr stream).  I wasn’t “all about” the way the handles were done and they didn’t hold.  I have some of the fabric left, so I will re-work those and may have a plan for a more secure attachment.
  3. I cannot find either of my two trench coats and I have misplaced my umbrella.  That was disastrous this morning.  My shirt sleeves dried out by lunchtime.  The bottoms of my jeans are still damp, I think.  So, I have some water-resistant fabric I purchased last October for a never-made costume.  I think I’ll use a simple cape or poncho pattern and make myself a new rainy day piece.

Until next time, I’ll be boldly sewing,


Muslin, pt 2

Me:  I need to work on my muslin.

Skippy:  You’re making a Muslim?  How do you make a Muslim?

Me:  No, Mus-LIN.

Skippy:  Oh.

Any-whooo.  So, after a quick explanation about what a muslin is, Skippy returned to killing zombies and I went to sew.  I’m working on the bodice and midriff of my couture dress.  I hand-basted all the pieces together and put them on Beulah Lou.  The bodice was too big and the midriff only slightly too small.  I marked the changes I think are needed, took it all apart, re-stitched some new stitching lines, and made a new piece for the midriff side front that I had somehow gotten too small.

Then I started hand-basting it together again for another fitting.  When things didn’t match up as expected, I uttered a few “cuss words” and started looking at everything again.  I was off by a panel so I was sewing the midriff to the bodice off-center.  That’s really not a huge deal and I had only basted two panels, so I tore it out.  I’ll do it again.

I have decided that when I am sewing, when I start to make certain types of “DUH!” errors, it’s time to take a break.  No sense in keeping on when I’m tired or no long in the zone!  I tore out the basting, folded everything together, had a snack, checked e-mail, and surfed the internet.  I’ll be back to the basting shortly!

For the record, the Japanese basting thread I purchased online from Shibori Dragon  ( is wonderful!  Easy to baste in and super easy to rip apart.  Love it!

Still boldly sewing!


One more comment about basting:  When I talk about basting, my hubby always starts talking about being hungry and starts making “nom nom” sounds.  Now, I can’t think, hear, say, or type the word without thinking about a roast in the oven!


I cut out my muslin pieces tonight and sewed the stitching lines on each piece (pic below). Tomorrow I will baste everything together. Fingers crossed! 

I’m not feeling good about the sleeves, but it may be much ado about nothing. Here’s hoping!   I’m sure Susan will give me some advice when I get to the sleeves.


Until tomorrow!

Fashion Fabric for The Couture Dress


This is the lovely cotton sateen print I will be using to make Vogue 8648 for the online dress class I’m taking at

Japanese Basting Thread

This just in! Cotton Japanese Basting thread in yellow, pink, and blue. $3.75/hank from Shibori Dragon in Lakewood, WA.


Mobile Blogging!

Sweet! I love being able to do things from my phone!

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